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  • Four charged with trafficking heroin

    Four charged with trafficking heroin

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports four people have been charged with selling heroin in Washington County. The following were arrested on a charge of unlawful trafficking in heroin: Ashley Doten, 32, of Indian Township. Ralph Francis, 27, of Indian Township. Marcus Horry, 35, of Logan, W.Va. Raymond Neptune, 29, of Indian Township.

  • Ellsworth Police

    Ellsworth Police

    ELLSWORTH — Bar Harbor resident William Walker was not injured on Feb. 24 when his Jeep slid on black ice and hit a guardrail near the entrance to Walmart. The Jeep had a cracked front bumper with damage estimated at $150, according to police. Citizen assists Officers assisted Northern Light Medical Transport personnel with a

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Feb. 27

    ELLSWORTH — A Dedham man, 33, called Friday to ask that a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy check on the well-being of a 67-year-old friend. Deputy Dan Harlan found the man at home and asleep in his bed. “He did not require assistance,” Harlan said. Burglary Deputy Zach Allen is investigating a burglary at a Penobscot

  • Scientists weigh in on whale risk tool

    Scientists weigh in on whale risk tool

    ELLSWORTH — The word is out, almost, on what a panel of independent scientists thinks about the controversial “decision support tool” used by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service last spring when it drafted proposed rules aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales and other large marine mammals from entanglement with fishing gear. When the

  • Winter Harbor Police week of Feb. 27

    Winter Harbor Police week of Feb. 27

    WINTER HARBOR — On Feb. 6, police responded to an accident on Newman Street. William Tracy, 61, of Franklin was operating a 2016 Chevy Silverado with a utility trailer attached when he was rear-ended by a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Some property damage was reported, but there were no injuries. Road conditions were considered to

  • Maine State Police week of Feb. 27

    Maine State Police week of Feb. 27

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police charged three motorists with impaired driving during the past week. Two arrests occurred after motor vehicle accidents. Trooper Dana Austin arrested Troy Cleaves, 52, of Hancock on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after an accident in Hancock Saturday. Troy Palmeter,

  • Bucksport Police week of Feb. 27

    Bucksport Police week of Feb. 27

    BUCKSPORT — Police and emergency personnel were called to help Feb. 20 after a dog bit the face of a 10-year-old boy. Information on the boy’s condition was not available. Child neglect Officer Gerald Lowe took a complaint from a concerned citizen Feb. 17 about a child who may be neglected. Arrests Officer Ernest Fitch

  • NOAA tracks whales by sound

    NOAA tracks whales by sound

    By Shelley Dawicki Northeast Fisheries Science Center WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater

  • RSU 24 program ensures no kid goes home hungry

    RSU 24 program ensures no kid goes home hungry

    SULLIVAN — Kids in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) don’t have to leave school hungry. The district has begun participating in USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides a free a “substantial and nutritionally balanced” afternoon meal to anyone aged 18 or younger. To qualify, just show up, said Linda Mailhot, the

  • Making connections is new Brooklin librarian’s goal

    Making connections is new Brooklin librarian’s goal

    BROOKLIN — Friend Memorial Library, which serves an area full of readers and writers, is in capable hands with new Library Director Ann-Margaret Thomas. Thomas replaces Stephanie Atwater, who has retired. Thomas started Jan. 2. “As librarians, we facilitate things,” Thomas said. “We are public servants. We’re here to do what the population wants.” The

  • Two seeking DI-S School Board seat

    Two seeking DI-S School Board seat

    STONINGTON — Two candidates are vying for a three-year term on the Deer Isle-Stonington School Board for Community School District 13. Polls will be open in Deer Isle on Saturday, March 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Polls will be open in Stonington on Friday, March 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Incumbent

  • City gearing up for state bicentennial celebration

    City gearing up for state bicentennial celebration

    ELLSWORTH — The city is gearing up to help the state celebrate a big birthday next month, complete with live music and theater, food trucks, face painting, a birthday cake contest and even (fingers crossed) a few (contained, small and Fire Department-approved) bonfires, said Economic Development Director Janna Richards. City staff are working with a